Written by Nathasha De Alwis
21 Mar, 2018 | 8:39 am
Headquarters of BMW have been raided by German prosecutors as part of an investigation into the suspected use of emission cheating software.
According to the prosecutors, about 100 police and law enforcement officials searched the luxury carmaker’s Munich headquarter and a site in Austria.
They opened an investigation last month over suspected fraud.
Further, the prosecutors stated that there is an early suspicion that BMW has used a test bench-related defeat device.
Foreign media reported that the facility in Austria was BMW’s engine plant in Steyr, where the company employs about 4,500 staff and assembles 6,000 engines per day.
Rival German carmaker Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to using “defeat device” software in the US to cheat diesel engine emissions tests, plunging the company into the scandal.
Since then, emissions irregularities have surfaced at several major carmakers, although none were found to be as serious as at Volkswagen.
BMW made a statement stating that the prosecutors were looking into “erroneously allocated” software in about 11,400 vehicles of the BMW 750d and BMW M550d luxury models.
Furthermore, BMW stated that the findings did not reveal a “targeted manipulation” of emissions.
Last month BMW recalled 11,700 cars to fix an engine management software issue.
The news comes ahead of the publication of BMW’s 2017 annual results today (March 21).
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